Hardship vs Labour - What's the difference?
As a noun hardship
is (countable or uncountable) difficulty or trouble; hard times.
As a proper noun labour is
) the labour party.
(countable or uncountable) Difficulty or trouble; hard times.
- He has survived periods of financial hardship before.
* labor (US)
(UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada)
Effort expended on a particular task; toil, work.
* 1719, (Daniel Defoe), (Robinson Crusoe)
That which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that which demands effort.
* (Richard Hooker) (1554-1600)
(uncountable) Workers in general; the working class, the workforce; sometimes specifically the labour movement, organised labour.
- Being a labour of so great a difficulty, the exact performance thereof we may rather wish than look for.
The Mirror and the Lamp
, passage=In the autumn there was a row at some cement works about the unskilled labour
men. A union had just been started for them and all but a few joined. One of these blacklegs was laid for by a picket and knocked out of time.}}
(uncountable) A political party or force aiming or claiming to represent the interests of labour.
The act of a mother giving birth.
The time period during which a mother gives birth.
(nautical) The pitching or tossing of a vessel which results in the straining of timbers and rigging.
An old measure of land area in Mexico and Texas, approximately 177 acres.
Like many other words ending in -our''/''-or'', this word is spelled ''labour'' in the UK and ''labor'' in the U.S.; in Canada, ''labour'' is preferred, but ''labor'' is not unknown. In Australia, where ''labour'' is the usual spelling, ''labor'' is nonetheless used in the name of the , reflecting the fact that the ''-or endings had some currency in Australia in the past.
* Adjectives often used with "labour": physical, mental, technical, organised.
* (The act of a mother giving birth) labour pain
) (UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada)
To toil, to work.
To belabour, to emphasise or expand upon (a point in a debate, etc).
To be oppressed with difficulties or disease; to do one's work under conditions which make it especially hard or wearisome; to move slowly, as against opposition, or under a burden.
- I think we've all got the idea. There's no need to labour the point.
* Alexander Pope
- the stone that labours up the hill
* Sir Walter Scott
- The line too labours , and the words move slow.
To suffer the pangs of childbirth.
(nautical) To pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent sea.
- to cure the disorder under which he laboured